Opera Santa Barbara is starting an opera book club. The club will meet every 6-8 weeks in the new “lounge” at our downtown offices. Each meeting will include wine and cheese, to discuss a book which coordinates with one of the operas in our season or an operatic theme. The first book will be “Butterfly’s Child” a new novel by Angela Davis-Garner.
The novel follows the life of Benji (Trouble) after he is plucked from the security of his home in Nagasaki to live with his American father, Lt. Pinkerton, and stepmother, Kate, on their farm in Illinois. The family conceals his true identity as a child born from a liaison between his father and a geisha—and tells everyone that he is an orphan. When the truth surfaces, it will splinter this family’s fragile dynamic and send Benji on the journey of a lifetime ending up in Nagasaki, where he will uncover the truth about his mother’s tragic death.
The book is available at Chaucer’s Bookstore or at the Kindle Store.
The first meeting of the Opera Book Club will be Tuesday, October 9 at 5:30 pm, and future meetings will be decided at the first meeting. Please RSVP if you will join the group by calling 805.898.3890.
Girls of Summer
ZULIMAR LÓPEZ-HERNÁNDEZ, Zerlina at Des Moines Metro Opera, talks to TRISTAN KRAFT about Mozart and other matters.
Zulimar López-Hernández, who sings Zerlina in Des Moines Metro Opera’s Don Giovanni this summer, has a personality that seems ideally suited to the role: in conversation, one first notices her youthful enthusiasm, then her intelligence, then her pragmatism. The soprano only started taking voice lessons in college, where she studied to be a dietician before switching degrees to music. “At least I always try to take care of myself and eat well,” she jokes. Since then, she has made signature roles out of Despina in Così Fan Tutte (which she covered for New York City Opera in March 2012) and Norina in Don Pasquale (which she sang at DMMO last summer).
Click here to read Zulimar’s complete feature at www.operanews.com
OPERA SANTA BARBARA ANNOUNCES 2012/2013 SEASON
• COMPANY PREMIERE: FIRST-EVER OPERA SANTA BARBARA PRODUCTION OF VERDI’S AIDA
• MIHOKO KINOSHITA IS MADAME BUTTERFLY; INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED JAPANESE SOPRANO SINGS HER SIGNATURE ROLE
• ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JOSE MARIA CONDEMI DIRECTS DON PASQUALE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2012
PRESS CONTACT: Steven Sharpe, 805.898.3890, email@example.com
Santa Barbara – Opera Santa Barbara announces its 2012/2013 season, featuring three operas; a heartrending story of love and betrayal, a wrenching personal drama, and an effervescent comedy. The season opens with Madame Butterfly in November 2012, followed by Aida in March 2013 and Don Pasquale in April 2013.
“This will be one of Opera Santa Barbara’s most memorable seasons,” says OSB’s Artistic Director, Jose Maria Condemi. “I am particularly excited to present our company premiere of Verdi’s Aida, in a stunning production conceived by Francesca Zambello for the Glimmerglass Opera. As we continue to make our mark as a leading arts organization, I invite audiences both old and new to come see why people are talking about Opera Santa Barbara.”
Thanks to Gerald Carpenter at Noozhawk for this great preview of Opera Santa Barbara’s “Orpheus and Eurydice,” this weekend at the Lobero.
[Tickets start at just $25: to purchase, call the Lobero box office. 805-963-0761.]
Click to be taken to Noozhawk and read the preview!
Opera Santa Barbara will offer two final noontime concerts in April featuring members of our 2012 Studio Artists Program. Don’t miss these opera-stars-of-tomorrow performing popular arias and ensembles. These one-hour concerts are offered free to the general public.
Wednesday, April 11, at the Granada Theatre (McCune Founders Room)
1214 State Street, SB CA 93101
Wednesday, April 18, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library
(Dates subject to change, please call 898.3890 to confirm)